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24/7 Wall St.: The Most Dangerous States to Drive In

9. Oklahoma

Average auto fatalities per 100,000: 19.5
Auto fatalities/year: 711 (21st most)
Lifetime medical costs due to 1-yr. auto accidents: $5,896,988 (23rd highest)
Lifetime work loss costs due to 1-yr .auto accidents: $657,831,325 (22nd highest)
Pct. commuters traveling 30 mins. or more: 24.91% (10th lowest)

Oklahoma averaged 711 fatalities each year from auto accidents between 2007 and 2009, or 19.5 for every 100,000 residents. In one year, medical costs incurred from the state’s auto injury fatalities were estimated at just under $5.9 million. Oklahoma has yet to adopt mandatory ignition locks for all convicted drunk drivers, universal helmet laws for motorcyclists, or booster seat requirements for all children under eight. Oklahoma has had a primary seat belt law on the books since 1987, but fines first-time offenders only $20 for being unbuckled. Only seven states with primary seat belt laws levy lower fines. Recently, motor vehicle fatalities have actually increased. The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety reported an uptick in auto fatalities in March 2012. Compared to the same month last year, there were 20 more fatalities for a total of 59.
(AP Photo)

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